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Re: Painting for jr/sr high beginners


Date: Sat Jun 30 2001 - 19:01:23 PDT

Hello Lydia: For beginning art tempera paint project, I start out real simply
by having them make a color wheel. I talk to the class about the
relationships of color, how colors interact with each other, how colors mix
with other colors to form others. They make color swatches on a piece of 12 x
18 white drawing paper of primaries, secondaries, terciaries, tints and
shades. Each swatch is about 3'' x 3". They draw shapes on the back of each
swatch, cut and paste in a color wheel format. They need at least three
different shapes (for Primaries, Secondaries and Terciaries). They get
creative with the shapes and I've seen palm trees, birds, all sorts of
geometric shapes, etc. Below the color wheel, they cut and paste three sets
of opposites.
From there we make a painting using complemenary colors and then a
monochromatic painting using tints and shades. Later they'll also do a Four
Seasons painting where they have to depict the seasons using warm and cool
colors. Hope that helps you to generate some ideas.
Dennis in Stockton